The X4 M’s enlarged body and vaguely practical inclinations can be misleading: it is as costly to buy and run as any other car with comparable performance, if not more so.

The BMW’s £80,110 list price puts it at the top of the class with the GLC 63 S. The X4 M costs £10,000 more than even the dynamically superior Stelvio Quadrifoglio, although many might feel the extra is worth paying for the more convincing interior and infotainment.

Being pricey initially and on a steeper downward glide path in our projections, the X4 M isn’t expected to hold its value like rivals

The BMW is less convincing where residual value and everyday economy are concerned. It struggled to muster more than 30mpg at a steady cruise, recorded a real-world range of only 330 miles (despite a generous 65-litre tank) and is forecast to retain just 54% of its value after three years and 36,000 miles, with commensurately high monthly lease costs.

What Car? New car buyer marketplace - BMW X4 M Competition

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